For weeks, experts around the world have expressed open skepticism, if not mockery, over the claims of the death count in China. While not as absurd as North Korea claiming no cases, China has been reporting a ridiculously low number. News stories of crematoriums working around the clock and thousands of urns delivered just to Wuhan have added to the criticism. Now China has increased its count by roughly fifty percent in Wuhan but it is still far below what experts believe is the true story. China is widely believed to be covering up information on the origins and early outbreak of the virus.
The Wuhan government said total confirmed infections in the city have been revised to 50,333, an increase of 325 cases, while the death count is now 3,869 — and increase of 1,290. This follows embarrassing stories out of Wuhan of long lines of families waiting for urns. A simple counting of families exceeded the official toll.
The death toll for the whole country was moved from 3,342 to 4,632 with total cases revised from 82,367 to 82,692.
The modest adjustment (blamed on poor accounting on the local level) is unlikely to quell the rising questions over China’s virus lab as a possible source of the outbreak and China’s cover-up, including arresting doctors and withdrawing expert reports during the crisis.
Mao always had a rather direct view of what constitutes truth. He declared “Every Communist must grasp the truth, ‘Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.’; Our principle is that the Party commands the gun, and the gun must never be allowed to command the Party.”